“This is YOUR moment” Commonwealth gold medallist Steve Frew has told the eight local athletes competing at the Glasgow Games.
Hours before the spectacular opening ceremony, the Grangemouth gymnast who won the coveted medal in the men’s rings at the 2002 Manchester Games, wished the national teammates with Falkirk connections good luck in their events.
‘Team Bairns’ is represented by long jumper Jade Nimmo, hammer thrower Myra Perkins, 4x400m runner Grant Plenderleith, swimmers Ross Muir and Keiran McGuckin, wrestler Jayne Clason and sharp-shooting sisters Jen and Seonaid McIntosh.
Ron McArthur is also at the Games as a coach to visually imparied bowlers.
Over the next 11 days their stamina and endurance will be put to the test as years of training hopefully helps put them and Team Scotland on the medal rostrum.
Steve (41), who is also one of the Chieftains at the Athletes’ Village, urged them all to enjoy the Games.
He said: “I’ve seen the Falkirk competitors in the Village and have wished them all the best of luck.
“My message to them would be to enjoy themselves because this is your moment.
“There is a fabulous atmosphere in Glasgow. The sun is shining and the place is buzzing. The athletes have arrived and the huge number of volunteers is absolutely incredible.
“It doesn’t seem like 12 years since the gold medal in Manchester but I will always remember it as an amazing moment.”
Falkirk’s First Citizen, Provost Pat Reid, also passed on a good luck message from the entire local community to the competitors.
He said: “Best wishes to all our athletes who I am sure will bring home medals. Also, to the many locals who have volunteered to help throughout the Games and are doing an impressive job.”
The Provost has already visited the Athletes’ Village twice for welcoming ceremonies for the teams.
People are being encouraged to cheer on an ‘adopted’ country with Falkirk twinned with Trinidad and Tobago, along with the Bahamas.